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My Dwelling Place
"Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations."— Psalm 90:1
How "dwelling place" is defined:
- a place of shelter
- a place of residence or habitation
- a place of accommodation
- where one routinely and intentionally returns to after visiting other places
In this broken and blemished world I live in, God is my very shelter. He shields and protects me from:
- those that are of no benefit to me
- those that harm me
- my one spiritual enemy who is out to destroy me
- the storms and blows of life
There is never a guarantee that I will be spared from things like this, but the promise is there; I will be shielded and protected. I will not be destroyed or ruined when they come.
It seems that every civilization had 1 same foremost goal, priority, and activity; that is, to build a place of residence, habitation, dwelling place. Having a place you know to bey our own permanently and specifically is needed to establish identity and presence.
God not only is the builder of everything, He is everything and in everything. He is the cause, He is the enabler. To declare God as our dwelling place is so significant in so many points:
- He is our identity and our identity is in Him.
- He is our most valuable and permanent possession. No family can have stability without a fixed place of residence. God is our stability, God is our most important possession in this life and the enxt.
For me, to be granted accommodation entails a number of things:
- It means one can let loose and let out.
- It means one will be entertained or taken cared of. He won't be rejected.
- It means there is some sort of freedom granted, one can do and one can be while the accommodation is open and available.
- There is acceptance and understanding.
This tells me that with God I can be myself, I can let Him know how I feel each time I feel it. This tells me that He knows me inside out and I need not pretend or try hard to be someone I am not. This means that I can come to Him anytime to talk (pray), to consult, to seek a favor. This tells me that He is an "open house" all year.
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb."
Psalm 61:2 "from the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I"
No matter where we go, whatever we do, for however long we are gone; home is THE place we always go back to. There is the place of home and there is the memory of our home. God is both. Wherever we are brought to, however far we've gone; God is our sure place of return. He is the invisible place of dwelling, He is the memory and the actual fulfillment.